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Recent trends in structural engineering

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The world is and has always been constantly changing and growing around us. No other group of people feels the impact going on around us more severely than structural engineers.

Structural engineers are always having to tackle how to shape our lives and the structures that shelter us in order to meet the demands of our changing world. This demand gives way to new solutions, many of which catch on within the industry and develop into new yearly trends.

Transformation of funding and technique

2017 has bought some huge changes to the engineering field, especially in terms of how it’s performed at it’s most basic level. New innovations are allowing the process to be streamlined, creating new and better chances for collaboration between engineers and their teammates.

Construction builders now have access to better learning tools, creating higher amounts of specialised staff who are better able to help construct more safe and efficient buildings. Structural engineering services across the country are beginning to start taking place on green building by finding ways to reduce the energy consumption of new projects. All three innovations are designed to make the engineering process a little easier.

Modular construction

Modular construction is another new innovation to unfold recently, inspired by the need to put together buildings more quickly without sacrificing their integrity. Construction professionals put together buildings by stacking box units against each other. It’s an efficient process mostly reserved for commercial building projects, such as skyscrapers.

Sustainable materials

The road towards sustainability has yet to falter and has even paved the way to new materials that are starting to make waves within the industry! Structural engineers have designed technology to boost building safety, such as systems designed to detect seismic activity and the buildings reaction and resistance to it. Engineers have also come up with tools using 3D printing and concrete that can repair itself of any damage. Time will only tell what other forms of technology will arise in the next few years, but we believe the future is bright!

Make sure you look out for more structural engineering trends to rise this year as they are all beneficial! We hope to watch these trends continue and grow into the next year.

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What is the role of a structural engineer?

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Have you ever thought about the massive buildings that are around us or the people behind the making of these amazing structures? All this work is done by structural engineers.

These structural engineers design, create, solve problems, innovate by the use of maths and science to form the world we live in. The structures they build from, homes, theatres, sports stadiums, bridges, and more. They work alongside other highly trained professionals such as, architects and surveyors to ensure that all the buildings can stay up whatever the weather.

Structural engineers work in offices and on construction sites. Depending on the size of their project, they may also be required to work long hours – in teams consisting of professional, skilled and semi-skilled workers.

Structural engineers must have a strong understanding on physics, and creative problem solving. Outside of an ability to apply principles of mechanics, mathematics and physics to construct safe, sustainable buildings, the roles and responsibilities of structural engineers include:

Design

Many structural engineers are involved in the design of the structures! This involves calculating the loads and stresses the construction will have to safely withstand. The structural engineers will be able to factor in the different qualities and strengths.

Investigation

Before the work starts, structural engineers have to do an investigation and survey of build sites to see the suitability of the earth for the requirements of the upcoming project.

Communication

Structural engineers will be required to consult with other members on their projects, including engineers, scientists and architects.

Management

Structural engineers are responsible for the organisation and delivery of materials and equipment for the needs of the construction project.

Training

There are many safety issues involved in their work so structural engineers must be trained to strict standards. They require a related undergraduate degree in an engineering discipline. After graduation, structural engineers work towards professional qualifications.

Check out some of the buildings that we have designed for our clients or contact us today if you’re looking for some more advice or information.

What is the future of structural engineering?

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The structural engineering industry is being hit by many different changes at the moment but if you are just starting out in the industry or their career journey then they can look forward to a very exciting future of developments.

Structural engineering is one of the main parts of the construction industry. Without the qualified structural engineers, architecture wouldn’t have kept evolving and pushing the boundaries. One way to see that is by checking out the London skyline! The industry has definitely changed a lot over the past decade but what does the future hold for structural engineering?

Responsibilities will be the same

It is difficult to see the definition of a structural engineer changing too much within the next decade. We always need an engineer’s services as they are essential to us all. Buildings wouldn’t be constructed safely without them! Of course, they will still be responsible for designing and looking into a structure that will support a building or other kind of construction.

More complex structures

The structural engineering sector is constantly growing and changing! The architecture has been evolving especially! There has been a real increase in buildings that are fluid and organic in recent years and this architecture is always causing new challenges for structural engineers. As the designs are becoming more complex and the architects begin to get more ambitious the engineers will find it increasingly challenging.

Technology is more advance

The ever-growing technology can be a key factor in the next few years. A structural engineer has the chance to gain new skills as the technology industry forever evolves. An engineer’s role may soon show the creative side of design too! This doesn’t mean that technology is taking over structural engineering it means that technology is allowing a structural engineer to collaborate with other experts in construction and learn their skills.

Positive future

The best time to join the structural engineering industry is now, there has never been a more exciting time. The sector is in for massive development, and the job itself is to set to evolve into something that encompasses so much more than the traditional concepts of structural design. As our buildings keep getting taller and our needs change, a structural engineer will step up to the plate and show us all what a great design and creative thinking can really do.

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3 ways that structural engineers can help create a zero waste future

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Rethinking production and the life cycle

Despite much progression and plenty of effort, there is still a very big problem among the construction industry – excessive waste.

The overriding problem with waste in construction is the maintenance and asset management of buildings, with limited data available in order to monitor the building’s condition. When a building nears the end of it’s lifespan, there isn’t enough data to practice selective demolition which could save part of the structure and reduce waste, there is certainly room to develop regulations and procedures to recover some of this waste.

Disassembly

By using the word ‘disassembly’ over ‘demolition’ there’s a larger focus on each part being available to detach easily and separated. This would allow some parts of the construction that are in good condition to be re-used in other projects.

The automotive industry is a prime example for this, and there are some parts of the construction industry that are following suit. Steel, aluminium and copper are recycled into secondary production streams, while concrete is re-used as filler in future mixes. By embracing technology and other digital platforms, this should help the transition into disassembly becoming more common practice.

Circular Building

 The circular house project shows that a circular building approach using entirely re-usable components is possible, demonstrated recently by Arup.

While there is plenty of room for improvement in terms making circular buildings more attractive to investors along with mitigating potential risks, regulations can aid this. A governance-level approach should be enough to help transition this in the future along with educating shareholders on the benefits.

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Five reasons to be a structural engineer

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Our ideas and plans become real
Structural engineers enjoy the success and sense of achievement that come with finishing a project we have been working on. These projects can range from, skyscrapers, bridges or houses. The skills possessed by a structural engineer are vital during the design stage of any plan in order to bring it to life. We are involved in creating beautiful structures, useful structures and even record-breaking structures. The work you do as an engineer is incredibly gratifying at the end.

Long-lasting work
Engineers work is supposed to last a very long time. We design buildings that should last for over 50 years. We like to plan so that our structures can be used and enjoyed by thousands of people on a daily basis. We also love to change an old building to make it feel brand new again! We can renovate and construct the buildings that were built decades ago to make them stand out.

Problem-solving
Structural engineers use lots of different skills. From basic physics, mathematical tools, the latest technology and overall, we use communication all the time! We meet many groups of people in our job, and we need to work collaboratively with them to make sure we are successful in completing projects on time. Structural engineers are the problem solvers in any design team, developing solutions to the challenges construction projects throw at us.

A safer world
Structural engineers always ensure that every building we design is secure to use. We also help the society notice the most significant problems such as climate change or even disaster relief. We ensure that buildings are built to stay up during earthquakes, hurricanes and other natural disasters, and we carry out comprehensive research for each project to reduce the risk of anything adverse occurring. We also minimise the impact construction has on our planet and we work to make the best use of the resources we have.

Professionals
Structural engineering is not an easy profession, but it is a gratifying job. We are very much respected by other construction professionals as they value our skills. The skills we possess are instrumental in every project we take on, in order to overcome challenges and to ensure the safety of every building.
There are many reasons why you should become a structural engineer and why it is such a rewarding job.
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